Nakagiri wants state to provide Asians more information on arming themselves

Wes Nakagiri

Wes Nakagiri, chairman of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, is asking Lansing to do more to protect Asian-Americans by educating them about their 2nd Amendment rights.

“With violence on the rise, I am asking Lansing to make it easier for Asian-Americans to protect and defend themselves,” Nakagiri said in a release.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020, even though hate crimes overall declined.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans: What the numbers show, and don’t

Nakagiri has requested the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) update its publication, “Michigan Resources Toolkit for Asian Families and Communities,” to include information on how to acquire a concealed pistol license (CPL). Last revised in October 2016, this 51-page publication provides Asian-American families with useful information on a variety of subjects.

For example, information is provided on how to avoid internet “phishing” scams, as well as how to access Medicare and Medicaid programs. The publication even discusses social etiquette topics such as burping, passing gas, and nose picking. “

It is surprising that this MAPAAC publication places so much emphasis on personal hygiene while ignoring personal safety,” said Nakagiri, an American of Japanese descent.

Nakagiri , an honoree at MAPAAC’s 2019 Leaders’ Forum & Appreciation Dinner, is recommending that MAPAAC immediately revise its “Michigan Resources Toolkit for Asian Families and Communities” and its “Priorities for Action” to directly address today’s threats.

“I recommend MAPAAC add information explaining how to apply for a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) and how to acquire the necessary firearm training to safely handle a concealed weapon,” said Nakagiri, who acquired his CPL shortly after firearms laws changed and Michigan became a “shall issue” state. Livingston County has one of the highest CPL rates in Michigan on a per capita basis.

“I’ve always felt welcome and safe in Livingston County,” Nakagiri said. “Our county understands that a safe community depends upon mutual respect, strong family values, properly funded law enforcement, and a strong 2nd Amendment.”


  1. MAPAAC Michigan Resource Toolkit for Asian Families and Communities (Oct 2016)
  2. MAPAAC Priorities for Action Document (May 2016)
  3. MAPAAC Statement: Stop Asian Hate in our country; Statement by the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC)
  4. MAPAAC Homepage
  5. MAPAAC Commissioner Biographies
  6. Email address for MAPAAC:
  7. MAPAAC bylaws:
  8. MAPAAC Outreach Coordinator Contact Info,9597,7-394-102572_75958_90473-379551–,00.html
  9. Michigan State Police Concealed Pistol Licensing Information,4643,7-123-1878_1591_3503_4654—,00.html
  10. Concealed Pistol Training
  11. Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission
    201 N. Washington Sq., Suite 150 Lansing MI 48933
    (517) 648-4942

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